REVIEW: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Summary from Goodreads:

Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she’s never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.
Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He’s searching for someone too. He’s also wild – a savage – but might be her best hope at staying alive.
If they can survive, they are each other’s best hope for finding answers.

I tried to read this novel a few months ago but never got past the first page so when I saw it in a charity shop, I knew that I would have to try again.
Aria has lived in Reverie all of her life- a dome where people can flick between imaginary worlds just by thinking about it.
Perry is an Outsider. Living in the Tides, he is a hunter, born to look after his tribe.
So when, after a turn of fate, the two meet, an arduous journey of identity and faith begins. 
The thing that draws the reader- and drew me- in right is the world building. I was asking questions in all of the right places, which were in turn answered. The only problem I had was that I wish we knew more about the Unity, the time when Reverie and the pod was built. There were mentions of it but we never really learned about how the Unity came to happen.
The novel had very strong characterisation. The main female protagonist, Aria, is very different to the usual YA females that we are used to seeing. I could really get into her head and anticipate her next moves. A big part of the novel is based around her transformation. It was something that I enjoyed reading about and found very interesting.
Perry, our male protagonist, is brave and tough. In the novel we see him open up and change. Really, this is a novel all about discovery. At the start of the novel we see a Perry that is very different from the one that is shown at the end. Perry is definitely one of my favourite male protagonists.

I must mention the style in which this novel is written. It is written in third person, which would normally bother me because the majority of books that I read are in first person. I was surprised at how much I liked it and am definitely going to try and read more novels written in the third person.

This novel is a unique dystopian. I loved the idea of the Realms which are really just computer games that you can jump in to and control. It was also nice to read a novel where the plot was completely original because most of the novels in the YA genre are the same now.

I thoroughly enjoyed Under the Never Sky and can’t wait to get started on Through the Ever Night. Rossi has created a thrilling and compelling novel that will keep readers captivated throughout.


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  • Reply
    fiona hadfield
    18 February, 2013 at 7:45 am

    I want to read this book so much, it sounds so good! Great review and I’m going to hunt a copy of this down myself soon 🙂

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    Amber @ The Mile Long Bookshelf
    18 February, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I have this book but I never got past the first page either. However, after reading your review I’m going to have to try again! 🙂 Nice review!

    The Mile Long Bookshelf

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    Zoe Crook
    18 February, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I need to read this book! It has been on my wishlist for ages and everyone seems to have loved it. I love the idea of Reverie, it sounds like such a unique storyline.
    I usually prefer first person too but I’m glad it worked this time! 🙂 Thanks for the great review!

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    Jess Hearts Books!
    18 February, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    I really need to read this book especially with the sequel out! It’s great that you tried again and ended up loving it. Great review Lucy!

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    18 February, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    The characters sound great, a very important aspect for me. I used to read only books written in the third person, so that is not a problem 😀 I can’t wait to read this book, great review!


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    Rebekah Campbell
    18 February, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    It was definitely an interesting book but a bit more background would have been nice. Like where did the Aether come from?
    Absolutely loved Roar 😉 DIBS!

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